Please note: The Museum is closed to the public in January and February. We reopen for tours on March 2, 2019.

“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”  –Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more.

A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

We invite you to visit the Museum through a guided experience for which reservations are required.


“A complete expression of one man’s intensely personal fusion of fine craftsmanship with the wild flights of the imagination.”

Anne d'Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Fun, neat, creative, colorful, comfortable, smooth, flowing, exciting, cool, twisty, wavy, and extraordinary.”

Second graders describe their visit to the Wharton Esherick Museum
Plan your visit to Wharton’s home

Upcoming Events

Second Sunday Tour

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Second Sunday Tour

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wine & Cheese Tour

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The 26th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

Wharton Esherick brilliantly integrated lighting into his work, as seen in his knock-out 1958 Cabinet Desk, which delights the user with lights that turn on when a drawer is pulled open, or the light-activating closet and cabinet doors throughout the Studio. In this 26th year of our annual exhibition, we celebrate innovative approaches to lighting. 

Latest Posts

Increase the impact of your support of the Wharton Esherick Museum! The Windgate Charitable Foundation has generously awarded the Museum a $50,000 Challenge Grant. In effect through December 31, 2018, this Challenge provides matching funds for any donations or memberships received this year.

Help us meet the Windgate Charitable Foundation Challenge
Font Resize